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Ramos Rocks Roman

PERTH AMBOY — Melvin Ramos, who was a top aide to former Mayor Joe Vas, said that Dianne Roman sent municipal employees to do her personal shopping and deliver goods to her home after using a city charge card to pay for the groceries.

State Police Conduct Field Exercise

UNION COUNTY — The New Jersey State Police, the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management, and emergency response and emergency management agencies will be conducting a multi-day, full scale exercise to test first responder deployment and response capabilities in New Jersey’s Urban Area Security Initiative region.

Smart Uses For Your Tax Refund

Each spring, millions of Americans look forward to receiving a hefty income tax refund. And it truly is “hefty” with the average federal refund in 2010 hovering around $3,000. That’s a lot of money to be giving the government through what is essentially a year-long, interest-free loan.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Were Japan to close all its nuclear plants following the recent damage and radiation leaks from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, what could its energy mix look like? Would it be able to provide all of its power in other ways? — Richard Miller, New York, NY